No Common Practice: The New Common Practice and its Historical Antecedents

Benjamin PiekutPhoto by Megan Wolf When I initially spoke with friends and colleagues about the notion of a new “common practice,” I became aware that the concept is not nearly as widely-recognized as I had initially thought. Is it a set of performance techniques? Is it neo-romantic symphonic music? Or could it be defined as […]

Inaugural Joyce Awards Support Work by Sierra and Ung

Roberto Sierra and Chinary Ung The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are among the first cultural organizations to benefit from the Joyce Foundation‘s newly established Joyce Awards, a funding initiative designed to support mainstream Midwestern cultural organizations commissioning works by artists of color. Each organization will receive a grant of $50,000 […]

Bush Asks for $18 million for National Endowment for the Arts

Mrs. Laura Bush and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia at the news conference announcing the proposed increase.Photo by Jim Saah President George W. Bush is requesting an $18 million budget increase for the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a major new initiative, American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, Laura Bush announced today. To […]

And the Nominees Are: The 76th Annual Race for Oscar

After looking at the nominees list for the 76th annual Oscar race released this morning, the same ‘Oh, of course,’ reaction hit me once again. No surprises (except perhaps that John Williams didn’t get nominated this year), but who expected one? Still, no need to play ostrich with head buried firmly in sand. Keeping track […]